In Missouri, tech and venture development company TechAccel now has five equity investments and engaged science advancement projects in the works at 20 affiliated research universities in the U.S. and internationally that are focused on finding solutions to the world’s growing food needs. The projects focus on agriculture and animal health issues including RNA interference for pest control, gene editing tools, cloud biology, epigenetic crop enhancements, enzyme production in plants, novel food safety approaches and animal vaccines.
Completed investments to date include Agrivida Inc., Epicrop Technologies Inc., Benson Hill Biosystems Inc., and an undisclosed firm working in microbiome engineering. The next wave of investments are being cultivated from technology licenses and/or scientific research partnerships with institutions including University of California–Davis, Kansas State University, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and a growing list of universities, global companies and emerging companies. TechAccel has more than tripled in size in the past year.